Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS)

Reattributing shame as an act of social justice

I remember the first time I gave a talk to a group of strangers about that fact that I had been raped. The shame of it felt like a weight, trying to crush me into the floor as I attempted to stand up tall and look unblinkingly out into the room. Read more

Continuing the struggle for social justice: 14th Annual Peace, Safety and Human Rights Memorial Lecture

On 13 March 2019, the Unisa College of Graduate Studies and its Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) held its 14th Annual Peace, Safety and Human Rights Memorial Lecture at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The Unisa ISHS had the privilege of hosting Ms Sibongile Mhkabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela’s Children Foundation, as the keynote speaker, and Alison Lazarus, Sam Moodley, Ayanda Kuzwayo and Ruwayda Halim, co-authors of the book Time to Remember: Reflections of Women from the Black Consciousness Movement, in the conversational panel that followed the keynote. Read more

#DontLookAway What men can learn from campaigns like #MeToo and #MenAreTrash

Sexual violence has an effect of shaming, often into silence, the very people who are violated. Other effects of shame include self-blame and self-destructive behaviours. Instead of shame attaching to the perpetrators of sexual violence, who according to statistics are overwhelmingly men, the shame becomes the burden of the survivor.In no other crime (eg robbery or murder) does shame become the problem of the victims or survivors. Read more